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Laurent Fressinet vs Bartlomiej Macieja
European Championship (2008), Plovdiv BUL, rd 10, May-01
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Mason-Showalter Variation (C42)  ·  1-0

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Sep-07-08  notyetagm: 23 ... a6-a5??


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Black has just played the blunder 23 ... a6-a5??, thinking that he would simply push his passed a-pawn on to victory.

But White gave him a very cold shower when he replied 24 ♕d5x♖a8!, forcing instant resignation.

24 ♕d5x♖a8! 1-0


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The tactical point of White's play is that 24 ♕d5x♖a8! destroyed a defender (<REMOVE THE GUARD>) of the <WEAK BACK RANK>.

Black would be mated if he recaptured on a8 by 24 ... ♖f8x♕a8 25 ♖e7-e8+ ♖a8x♖e8 26 ♖e1x♖e8#. So he must remain a whole rook down and thus resigned.

(CONTINUATION) 24 ... ♖f8x♕a8 25 ♖e7-e8+ ♖a8x♖e8 26 ♖e1x♖e8#


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The blunder 23 ... a6-a5?? is an *amazing* tactical oversight for a 2599-rated GM (Macieja) to make.

Remember this idea about 24 ♕d5x♖a8!: <*ANY* CAPTURE IS POSSIBLE IF IT REMOVES THE GUARD!>.

Sep-11-10  rapidcitychess: <chessgames.com> This game should be removed from Fressinet's notable games. The collections are just <notyetagm>'s instructional game collections.

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